Demaryius Thomas unloads on John Elway, coaching staff

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Demaryius Thomas waited until his return to Denver was over and the Texans had secured the win. Then, he unloaded on his former team.

Thomas held nothing back in an interview with Orange & Blue radio (760 AM) on Monday. The receiver criticized General Manager John Elway, head coach Vance Joseph and receivers coach Zach Azzanni.

He accused Joseph of lying to him by telling Thomas the Broncos weren’t going to trade him.

“When he said that to me, I said, ‘How is it not true? My agent [Todd France] called me today and said Elway wanted a fifth-round pick for me,'” Thomas told the radio station, via multiple reports. “So, we’re telling stories to each other now? I thought we were going to be men about this.

“. . . Listening to that from him and then another couple of coaches coming up to me saying, ‘It’s all fake; it’s all fake,’ and then it really happens, it’s like, ‘Man.’ It is what it is, though.”

Thomas said he heard through the grapevine Elway and Joseph made the Pro Bowler the scapegoat of the team’s offense, which ranks 18th in passing.

“You know what bothers me — I don’t want to stir any pot — but it bothers me [that] I had people from Denver saying like, ‘They really said they got rid of you because you were the problem on offense and they said they wanted to better the offense,’’’ Thomas said. “I’m like, ‘Really, bro?’ People just kept stirring it on.

“I heard they were saying that Vance was saying something, and Elway was saying something. I did so much for this organization and never had nothing bad to say about anybody. None of the players I played with. I just did my job and kept it as professional as I could. For you all to say that I was one of the reasons that the offense wasn’t going, and say this and that, man, that hurt.”

Thomas made it clear he was bothered not being named a team captain. He also was upset when Azzanni told Thomas he was losing playing time to rookie DaeSean Hamilton.

“My receiver coach came to me and said — he could’ve said this to either Courtland [Sutton] or Emmanuel [Sanders], but he came to me and said it — he said, ‘I want to get DaeSean in the game more than one rep. I want to get him going four to six plays of reps,'” Thomas said. “I’m like, ‘Bro, I’ve been here nine years, and you ask me besides anybody else?’ I’m like, ‘That’s so disrespectful to me, because I’ve put so much into this game, but you want me to come out for a rookie.’

“I don’t have anything against it, because he’s a great player; I love DaeSean Hamilton to death. When I knew it was that, I was like, ‘I’m out here just to be out here.’ It was tough.”

It clearly was time for Thomas to move on and get a fresh start elsewhere.

71 responses to “Demaryius Thomas unloads on John Elway, coaching staff

  1. Man, Thomas seems to me, for all the years I’ve seen him in Denver, to be the most flatlining guys out there. Very little emotion whether making a tough catch or more likely, dropping an easy one.
    I didn’t know he had it in him. Who knew?

  2. Tbh I’m suprised Thomas said any of this. Pretty quiet guy. He must really hate that staff. If I heard correctly, teammates selected him as captain but he wasnt chosen. That for a player of his stature is very disrespectful by a god awful staff. Bill O maybe did have a reason to swear at Vance. If John wasn’t Denver royalty he’d be out. VJ is no poo probably the worst coach in the league now that Hue is out.

  3. I hate to say this but in any business this is how the sh!t goes down, sorry but welcome to life DT. Oh and try to not drop as many balls in Texas…carry on.

  4. You think the Texans would trade QB’s with us?
    I doubt the coach in Houston is any less dishonest.
    Good luck DT.
    You’ll probably be a Patriot in a year.

  5. He sounds like a great guy. Not a Broncos fan, but, he has every right to speak his mind here. Especially loved the part about “fake news” – never seems to describe something fake anymore, does it?

  6. It’s fun to pile on the Broncos right now because a) they clearly deserve it and b) Vance Joseph is the worst coach in Denver history and, perhaps, the worst coach in the league.

    That said, Demaryius had problems making routine catches post-Manning. His drops were, at times, stupefying, bewildering and jaw-dropping. He was one of the drop kings of the NFL in 2016 and 2017, and 2018 certainly wasn’t looking so hot.

    Still, I’m happy for him. No professional should have to play for Vance Joseph. No amateur should have to play for him either.

  7. Just hope he can move on. That win against his former team with his new team the Texans, had to be revenge for him. And really Elway and Joseph are indeed ruining the Broncos.
    Sure there are two sides to every story. But really Thomas side of the story we only heard. May not hear that of the other Broncos players and staffers.

  8. Thomas needs to get over it. And he was part of the problem in Denver, too. Clearly, he’s not the same player he used to be.

  9. So sad…Broncos have become a mismanaged disaster that I never thought could happen here.

    It’s all fun and games to make fun of the inept organizations like Cleveland and Oakland….until you realize your beloved team is right there with them!

    Heading for the first back-to-back losing seasons in almost 46 years, and because there is no ownership and Joe Ellis has the authority of a 5th grader, Elway will get another pass for driving the franchise into the gutter with horrible drafts and the absolutely worst coaching hire in team history (Yes worse than McDaniels- at least he was a proven OC from a SB winning team and worked with the GOAT- unlike a certain 22nd ranked D-coordinator)

  10. Time to clean house!! Start with the coach and go all the way to the top to Ellis!!
    Tho, the way the “TRUST” is structured Elway and Ellis will still be there.

    WHAT A HOT MESS!

  11. On the one hand, I see his point about people lying. On the other hand, they don’t have to ask him for permission to cut his reps. No matter how long he has been there, it’s NOT his decision. That is probably why they got rid of him.

  12. So what he is saying is that they concealed the fact that they were going to trade him. Seems reasonable, in the event that it didn’t happen. If he was upset about losing 5-6 plays how would have been knowing they were trying to trade him for a 5th round pick? If they tell him he is being traded and then don’t … he pouts and becomes a distraction. They played it right and now everyone is free to do what they like.

  13. Least you got a ring out of them. Texans seem to be a nice fit and I picked up the Broncos TE in fantasy because of your departure and he had a great game, thanks!

  14. As if everyone didn’t already know how incompetent this coaching staff is! Thomas absolutely torched the Broncos on the first series and the Broncos are lucky he didn’t know the rest of the Playbook only the scripted plays or he would have bsolutely killed them. Thomas’ time in Denver was over because of this contract next year, but the guy can still play. To bench him for an unknown Rookie is laughable

  15. Sounds like a bitter ex-girlfriend. I’m not a Broncos fan but I’ve read the comments about his lack of separation and drops. Add in his large contract, sounds like a no brainer. Nine years in the league and he still didn’t see this coming? Thomas must be delusional.

  16. Maybe they didn’t want to pull Emmanuel and Courtland out because they don’t have stone hands? This idiot needs to wake up. You know how many drives were killed by his drops? Good lord dt, look in the mirror.

  17. For those who think the people who work in the NFL are the “football geniuses”, they are not. Anyone with eyeballs can clearly see the problem isn’t Thomas, it’s crappy QBs and poor team building.

  18. One of the knocks on Thomas is that he didn’t play with passion on each and every play. It’s a shame that is Play Gin contain the same passion that he provided during that interview. While there is probably some truth to what he is saying, he sounds like a bitter ex.

    As for him not being selected a team captain, that’s voted on by the players only. Perhaps they grew tired of his untimely drops and inconsistent effort.

  19. It’s tough when father time catches up with you. Love and respect, DT. On a side note…serious dissention among coaches, staff and upper management. Not all on the same page with the bs and some backstabbing going on. Really time to clean house.

  20. The broncos are a mess. Thomas is better off now. The broncos have a lot of issues and now to add that they are lying to players faces and things like that just makes me think that its even worse than I thought it was. This franchise needs a reboot, blow it up. From the ownership down.

  21. If you offer low ROI, you’re going to get traded or cut. Frankly, I’m surprised anyone wanted him and that contract.

  22. Let’s face it. Yes, football is a business, but no one likes being lied to. I would much rather hear “yes, you’re on the trading block” than “the trade talk isn’t true”. I see where Thomas is coming from, but it’s time to move on and give the Texans everything he has.

  23. Not defending anyone but I get why a coach would tell a player he’s not on the trade block right up to the second the trade is official. I understand why a mult-pro bowl player is pissed he’s losing time to a rookie. All that said, he’s getting paid QB money and drops easy passes in critical situations. He isn’t fast enough to get consistent separation and you can only run so many bubble screens. Denver has two rookie WR’s that deserve more playing time for a lot less money so he should have known he was gone if they can get anything for him. Maybe he should have taken the high road on this.

  24. so when players hold out, it’s just business but when teams cut or trade, it’s a dishonest and personal affront to their delicate sensitivities?

  25. atwaterslaughter says:
    November 6, 2018 at 8:39 am
    It’s tough when father time catches up with you. Love and respect, DT. On a side note…serious dissention among coaches, staff and upper management. Not all on the same page with the bs and some backstabbing going on. Really time to clean house.
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    It’s funny how for older receivers poor QB play equates to father time catching up. Thomas has only played 2 or 3 seasons with an all pro caliber QB, Peyton Manning. The rest of the seasons he had to make do with below average to average QBs. Now if his play doesn’t eventually pick up with a talented offensive unit in Houston after he gets comfortable with the playbook you may be right.

    Same with older running backs. Adrian Peterson was washed up because he couldn’t do much in Arizona. Well now that a young talented in his prime back like David Johnson is struggling with a 3.2 yard per carry average behind that same line all of a sudden it’s what’s wrong with the offensive line?

    Football is the ultimate team sport and when one of its units is functioning at below average it will impact the other parts dependent on it regardless of age. In baseball a talented hitter gets his numbers regardless of what the rest of the team is doing. In basketball a talented scorer will get his numbers regardless of what the rest of the team is doing. Doesn’t work that way in football.

  26. I can understand his frustrations but it’s also obvious the most of the damage done was to his ego.
    It’s the NFL,…. Not For Long as Jerry Glanville said.
    Be thankful you are gone from a team going through real problems to a team on the upswing.
    Look forward,… not through the rear view mirror.

  27. I think if the Broncos had a better head coach and a better QB, they could be back to being a contender. They’re not as far off as their record suggests. They are mostly losing very close games to good teams.

  28. “he could’ve said this to either Courtland [Sutton] or Emmanuel [Sanders]”
    ______________________

    That one is pretty easy to explain. Sutton is another young guy who they also want to give reps and Sanders is a smaller receiver, slot-type receiver meaning he’s not an ideal tradeoff for the much taller and heavier DaeSean Hamilton. And Sanders is just as much a veteran as Thomas so why would DT be insulted to be asked that but find it perfectly fine for them to do the same thing to Sanders?

  29. Elway should have told DThomas the truth “Demaryius, we really appreciate what you’ve done for this franchise. You were a star player that helped us win a Super Bowl. However, since Peyton Manning retired, your play has fallen off. You’ve lost speed and your hands have turned to stone. I admit the recent QB situation hasn’t been ideal, but you haven’t capitalized on the opportunities when the ball was thrown to you. Our team is rebuilding and can’t afford a $12m WR that isn’t elite anymore. We’re trading you to the highest bidder. Thanks for your contribution and good luck”.

  30. I doubt if you’ll read this personally Demaryous, but as a serious Bronco fan, I thank you very much for your hard work and professional demeanor over the years.

    I suspect it came down to the Broncos staff needing a scapegoat for two very horrible years of football, and with your salary due next year, you got elected to the post.

    I wont say exactly who I think is the real problem, but it’s not really any of the players. I think the Broncos have the talent to excel.

  31. “Elway should have told DThomas the truth “Demaryius, we really appreciate what you’ve done for this franchise. You were a star player that helped us win a Super Bowl. However, since Peyton Manning retired, your play has fallen off. You’ve lost speed and your hands have turned to stone. I admit the recent QB situation hasn’t been ideal, but you haven’t capitalized on the opportunities when the ball was thrown to you. Our team is rebuilding and can’t afford a $12m WR that isn’t elite anymore. We’re trading you to the highest bidder. Thanks for your contribution and good luck”.”

    ——-

    Agreed here too. Maybe it was an eleventh hour deal, but they had him on the block and should have said so.

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